29 Aug, 2023 @ 12:00
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Four ‘pro-independence’ supporters released in Catalunya after reportedly planning to sabotage Vuelta a España cycle race

FOUR men were granted provisional release from custody in Catalunya on Monday, after their arrest on suspicion that they were planning on sabotaging the Vuelta Ciclista a España cycling race as it passed through the northeastern region. 

The judge in Lleida overseeing the case also imposed a restraining order on the men, who are reportedly supporters of independence for Catalunya, forbidding them from coming within 500 metres of the event during its stages in the region. 

The Catalan High Court stated on Monday that they are facing charges of public disorder, environmental crimes, road safety offences and belonging to a criminal organisation. 

According to Spanish press reports, the four men were arrested on Saturday night ahead of the Vuelta stage in the Solsona county on Monday. 

The four were reportedly planning on spilling engine oil on the road ahead of the arrival of the cyclists.

If they are spotted near the race again, they will face arrest and could be charged with breaching the court order.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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